Pyramidal seal with sphinx
Near Eastern, Iranian, Persian
Height x length (of face): 24 x 17 mm (15/16 x 11/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Ancient Near East Gallery (Gallery 110)
Intaglio. Pierced for stringing but perforation does not go all the way through. Motif oriented horizontally. Sphinx with human head, torso, arms and lion’s paws pursues a lion towards the right. He draws his bow at the lion while running over the body of a dead antelope. Human head is bearded and wears a vertically-tufted tiara, Scene is situated on a ground line.
By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to his records: bought in Smyrna); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, March 24,1903
Francis Bartlett Donation of 1900